Who is Jorim?
Luke 3: 29 “the son of Jorim”
His name means ‘whom Jehovah has exalted’.
29 generations later Mary would declare, “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble” (1 v 52).
Let me tell you 3 things I have believed for many years regarding being lifted up by God.
- Jorim, who God has exalted: The only way to get a bigger stage is to be humble on the stage you are on now.
Jesus said, “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12
Maybe you are longing to be noticed because you know there is a greater capacity within you to be and do more. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
Our job is to humble ourselves and it is God’s role to exalt us. ”In due time” and this means we have to patiently serve on the smaller stage of life now.
- Jorim, who God has exalted: If God permits for you to be taken down then it must be because He plans to resurrect you.
Whatever has fallen down God can rebuild. It may because of our doing or just simply the circumstance of life. He rebuilds me and He restores me. And I come forward again, I go again. As a young Pastor I would attend my denominations annual conference and for several years would always think as I arrived, “I made it!” The last 12 months had been a time of ups and downs and maybe a lot of downs, attacks from the enemy of my soul, problems and problems, would I ever come through this? Getting to that conference was a relief. I had got through another year thanks to God’s lifting of my life from mistakes I had made and perhaps what people had done to me. The Apostle Paul said, “God who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed and the sinking, comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us.” 2 Corinthians 7: 4.
God likens the Exodus to Him carrying His people on eagles wings (Exodus 19:4). Look back on the times when the only way you got through that time/event was because He lifted you.
- Jorim, who God has exalted: Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God. William Carey, father of modern missions, 1761-1834.
Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s tableland.
A higher plane than I have found
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
This is a high calling. The work of God is at times exhausting and it needs courage and steely determination to accomplish for Him His plans.
There was a man who chose the higher ground. His name was Caleb. (Joshua 14) Forty-five years previously Caleb had spied out the land of Canaan, the land of Promise, bringing back a good report. But his dream never became a reality. But 40 years later something happened to him. He realised he was called for higher ground. “So here I am today, eight five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day.”
What was in your sights a few years ago, maybe even 45 years ago?! You never saw it realised. But maybe it’s still in your heart. Maybe the Holy Spirit is exalting vision in you as you read this. Yes you’re older now but still you know you are called for higher ground. You are not called for the foothills, but for the summit. Like Caleb you cry out ‘God give me one chance, grant me the opportunity of higher ground.’
Jorim who God has exalted is declared over your life today. As you go down in worship of Him who is above all things He gently and carefully lifts you stage by stage, no matter how this world has affected you, He exalts you and cheers you on to let the exalted King of Kings be seen in your life.